Carmel Bird grew up in Tasmania, where the influence of the land and history of the island is often apparent in her work. Bird took a BA before embarking on a twenty-year teaching career in 1961. She is the author of over 30 books, including novels, short story collections, anthologies, writers guides, and edited publications, and she continues to teach writing. Her works The Bluebird Cafe(1990), The White Garden (1995) and Red Shoes (1998) were shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and she received the 2016 Patrick White Award for her contribution to Australian literature. Her latest novel, Family Skeleton was published by UWA Publishing in September 2016. The Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award is named after her.